Virtual Prairie: Going green with volunteer computing

Malek Smaoui*, Marc Garbey, Cendrine Mony

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Abstract

Multi-species prairie composed primarily of clonal plants can achieve different ecological functions. They can be a good source of biofuel, a mean of water purification in agriculture or a biodiversity guardian. The goal of the Virtual Prairie project is to study the fundamental mechanisms involved in the population dynamic of a prairie and the optimum engineering design of prairies serving these and other functions. Our study is a modelization and a simulation of the growth of such clonal plants in isolation or competing with each other. This study is a very compute intensive enterprise. However, it can be eventually managed as an embarrassingly parallel set of jobs. Therefore, we adapted our simulation project to run on BOINC, a platform for volunteer computing, which compute nodes are reached using the commercial Internet connections. To our knowledge, this is the first ecology project that uses volunteer computing and it is the largest simulation ever done on plant ecology. Our preliminary results show that there is no unique optimum design solution but rather different optimum solutions that can co-exist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd IEEE Asia-Pacific Services Computing Conference, APSCC 2008
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages427-434
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780769534732
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Event3rd IEEE Asia-Pacific Services Computing Conference, APSCC 2008 - Yilan, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Dec 9 2008Dec 12 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 3rd IEEE Asia-Pacific Services Computing Conference, APSCC 2008

Conference

Conference3rd IEEE Asia-Pacific Services Computing Conference, APSCC 2008
CountryTaiwan, Province of China
CityYilan
Period12/9/0812/12/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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